HE’S REALLY BUSY
Richard Siken’s first collection of poems, Crush, racked up accolades: It won a Lambda Literary Award, the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize and it was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. But that’s not all. The man is also a painter, filmmaker, photographer and an editor at Spork Press. He’ll take a break from creating on April 30 to read at UNLV’s Greenspun Hall as part of the Black Mountain Institute’s Emerging Writers Series. UNLV.edu.
A YUMMY TREAT
Artist Paula Billups has a soft spot for small, sweet things. This affection is embodied in her latest solo show, Good Enough to Eat, where items such as candies and oranges are portrayed in striking detail. See the collection of oil paintings at Jana’s Red Room in Emergency Arts beginning April 30, but please, don’t eat them. JanasRedRoom.com.
You have until May 3 to catch Steve Solomon’s Cannolis, Latkes & Guilt! The Therapy Continues … at The Smith Center. Witness the comedian bring more than 20 characters to life in this one-man show about his dysfunctional, multiethnic family. TheSmithCenter.com.
PIZZA MY ART
Head to Grinder’s Pizza Lounge (5625 S. Rainbow Blvd.) from 2-5 p.m. May 3 for Arts N Crafts 4. The event will feature a gallery showing by prolific Las Vegas photographer Erik Kabik, who has taken photos of big names including President Obama, KISS and Kayne West. While you’re there, you can enjoy live music by Kalsey Kulyk as well as well as craft beer, so you can satisfy your art, beer and pizza cravings simultaneously. NevBev.com.